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Submission + - Apple Switches (Mostly) to OpenStreetMap (osmfoundation.org)

beelsebob writes: In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple have started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple are currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the USA. Fingers crossed apple works through these issues quickly!

Apple are now one of a growing list (including geocaching, and foursquare) to Switch2OSM.

Comment Re:So the criminal is convicted... (Score 2, Insightful) 156

I've always used the idea of an act such as that as a piss take for whenever we see hacked boxes that is clearly the users fault. Obviously such an act would never come into force and nor would I support it (except on 1st April). On the whole theft of details business I'd disagree over it being worse to steal details than making them available. Banks are always blaming their customers for leaving details in bins and so on yet when they make such a monumental fuck up all they do is get the person prosecuted (good thing, I'd agree) and quite happily sweep it under the carpet. They've made it easy for someone to do it so they have. Crime pays, however the cost to the criminal also increases as it gets harder - Organised criminals are bussinessmen - if it doesn't pay well enough they're not going to do it.

So going back to your anology of leaving a car unlocked (with the keys in too?) would you get any sympathy from the Police or insurance company? Oh no, you'd be laughed out of the building and charged far more on next years premium. Sorry, thats wrong - you'd lie and make a claim increasing everyone elses premium.

A Truly Open Linux Phone 164

skelator2821 writes to tell us about the debut of the OpenMoko, a Linux phone with GPS that is open from top to bottom. The device is set to debut to developers this month for $350, according to the article, but there is no detail on how to get your hands on one, and no link to the manufacturer (FIC). From the article: "This is the first phone in a long time to get us really interested in what it is, what it isn't, and the philosophy behind it. The philosophy is the thing that makes Linux great... it is really open. It runs the latest kernel, 2.6.18 as of a few weeks ago, and you can get software from a repository with apt-get."

Comment Re:Open Source? (Score 1) 984

Let's see...

  • By leveraging their position in people's minds, and the popularity of their other products
  • By crosslinking with other products - direct integration with gmail, for example, or including a module to google-index local files.
  • By producing a damn good product (something they do have experience of)

That's off the top of my head. It's the usual way people compete, after all.

PS: Opera isn't open source, btw

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